Experts say simple measures could help prevent one million premature baby deaths each year

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Dr Jose M Belizan

Over one million babies worldwide die each year because they were born too soon, according to a report released on Wednesday. But the majority of these premature deaths—75 per cent—can be avoided through simple and low-cost interventions including promoting constant skin-to-skin contact between the mother and baby, a procedure known as "kangaroo mother care." The report is the first of its kind and the lead authors are The March of Dimes Foundation, The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Save the Children, and the World Health Organization. Dr. José M. Belizán from Argentina is a co-editor of the report. Dianne Penn asked Dr. Belizán about why these deaths are occurring and what can be done to prevent them.

Busy Malian refugee teaches camp dwellers how to protect their health

Zeinabou, refugee health care center

More than 50,000 people from northern Mali are living in the Mbera camp in neighbouring Mauritania, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). They have fled fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels which resumed in January. Life at the camp is not easy but people, like Zeinabou, are making the best of it. This industrious and caring woman is rapidly becoming a heroine to her fellow refugees at Mbera camp in Mauritania. Because her husband helps out by handling some of the household chores, Zeinabou is free to take on the role of health care assistant in the camp. She and other refugees are receiving training from the UN Children's agency (UNICEF) and the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

Drummer Sheila E. brings Latin jazz flavour to the first International Jazz Day

Sheila E.

Music fans will remember Sheila E. for her huge hit 'The Glamorous Life' from the mid-1980s.  But the artist, whose full name is Sheila Escovedo, is first and foremost an accomplished drummer. And it was in that capacity that she appeared with an international round-up of musicians celebrating the first International Jazz Day at UN headquarters on 30 April. The day is an initiative by renowned pianist Herbie Hancock, who also performed alongside jazz legends including South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, American singers Tony Bennett, Dee Dee Bridgewater and the incomparable Stevie Wonder. Dianne Penn caught up with the ever-glamorous Sheila E. at the pre-concert rehearsal and asked how she became involved in International Jazz Day.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Duration:  10’00″

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